ROL holds AGMBy Chris Williams. Published: 5th Nov 2004, 00:27:23 | Permalink | Printable
Aw, no inviteRISCOS Ltd. has yesterday held its annual general meeting. In previous years, the AGMs have been open meetings with all users invited to attend, although Thursday's event was a more private affair.
Many well known figures within the RISC OS market are company shareholders, each representing the interests of various quarters of the platform, and the ROL shareholders last met in private session during the height of the Castle-RISCOS Ltd. feud. Topics up for discussion this week perhaps included how to proceed under the recently signed RISC OS 4 licence, the issue of merging RISC OS and the announcement of the A9 and Adjust32.
The precedent of Adjust32 running on ARM9 is interesting right now, because Intel are developing a new family of processors for consumer electronics and seemingly relegating the ARM compatible XScale to wireless and networking kit. It'll be reassuring to find out exactly which markets RISC OS will be hopefully heading towards, especially with current rumours of future ARM9 cores exceeding 1GHz.
On the subject of the OS merger, ROL's managing director Paul Middleton reportedly told South East show punters that development of the 26bit RISC OS 4 will cease within the next two years, giving way to the 32bit Select32. EAUG secretary Frank Watkinson noted after the Guildford event, "Subscribers to the Select scheme can choose to support the 'old' scheme or the new Select32, or both. The price for the Select32 is the same as for the original Select scheme and you can simply transfer from the old to the new. If you wish to support both, it will cost you an extra £15."
The release of Select32 is pencilled in for sometime around mid-2005, and earlier this year, we learnt that ROL are hoping to raise further capital after its AGM to fund future developments. They also bought
riscosdevelopments.com at the end of October, as per the impending company name change.
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